Book 10, Chapter 37

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Book 10, Baruch – Chapter 37: The Power of Magicite Cannons

“Oh? You vetoed it?” Linley looked questioningly at Watts.

He felt that the suggestion was a rather reasonable one. When the enemy forces were in disarray, a sudden attack could definitely give the forces of the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows a bloody nose.

Watts said respectfully, “Lord Linley, the reason I vetoed this subjection has three parts to it.”

Three parts?

Linley had to admit that he didn’t know much about warfare, and so he carefully listened to Watts’ explanation.

“First of all, the chances of success are not high, because there is a distance of several dozen kilometers from the prefectural city of Cod to the river. If we were to send our troops over, by the time they arrived, the enemy forces would number over a million, and the disposition of the troops would have been reformed again.”

Barker shook his head. “For a million soldiers to set up their formations and be battle-ready is not something done so easily.”

Watts nodded. “That is indeed true. I’m just saying that the enemy forces would be prepared for battle. We only have half a million soldiers. How many can we send out on a sneak attack? And this is just the first consideration. The second is…I believe that the commanders of the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows would not have made such an elementary mistake.”

“If I was the commander of the enemy forces…”

Watts smiled. “I would first have my most elite soldiers cross the river, then put on a façade of being in a state of disorder on the other side to lure the enemy to attack. When the enemy truly came to attack, the elite troops would immediately deliver a headache-causing blow to them.”

“It must be understood that our biggest support is the city walls!” Watts said seriously. “With the city walls, we can kill three of them for every one of us they kill. Thus, they want to seduce us into fighting with them on a level playing field.”

Linley nodded in approval.

Watts continued, “As for the third reason, it is because in warfare, tactics are of less importance than strategy. Our goal is to keep the enemy outside and not let them break into the city. This is the most important thing. As long as we succeed, then this battle will be our victory.”

“Therefore, there is no need for us to pay any attention to the ‘flaws’ of the enemy. Who knows if those flaws are even real or not?”

Watts laughed calmly. “All we need to do is stay inside the prefectural city of Cod and rely on the advantage of the walls to stand guard. Unless something happens beyond our expectations, victory will be ours.”

The night passed. The day slowly brightened.

The Dark Cardinal, Weiss Porter, was riding a darkness-element demonic tiger as he stared in the direction of the prefectural city of Cod.

“Guillermo, I have the feeling that this is going to be a very labor-some battle.” Weiss Porter said with a frown. “We already slowed down the speed of our troops crossing the river, and also had our troops be in a state of ‘disorder.’ But the prefectural city of Cod acted as though they didn’t notice. They didn’t send anyone over to attack.”

Guillermo nodded.

They had prepared a ‘welcoming feast’ for the enemies, but unfortunately, the plan had failed.

Right now, the entire army had crossed the river and rested an entire night. They were now steadily advancing in the direction of the prefectural city of Cod. Their total forces numbered 1.6 million soldiers. Such a terrifyingly large army covered the entire area like an endless tide.

“I’m not afraid that Linley’s commanding general is intelligent or sly. What I’m afraid of is that he’ll just hide in the city like a turtle in its shell.” Weiss Porter said.

Guillermo nodded as well.

If the opponent relied on the advantage of the city walls, breaking through the prefectural city of Cod would most likely cause heavy losses to their side. Although they had 1.6 million soldiers, they weren’t willing to waste too many lives.

“Weiss Porter.” Guillermo said. “Then what should we do?”

The commanding generals of this battle was naturally Guillermo and Weiss Porter. In terms of stratagems, Guillermo was inferior to Weiss Porter. Weiss laughed calmly. “There’s nothing for us. Right now, let’s go test the enemy’s strength.”

Only when one knew the opponent and knew one’s self was one capable of being ever victorious.

The entire prefectural city of Cod had been transformed into an enormous military fort. The civilians had been moved out long ago, and most of the houses had been renovated and demolished. Tunnels and pits had been dug. Large numbers of soldiers were clustered on the walls of the east city and the south city. On the west and north sides, however, there were fewer soldiers.

All sorts of weapons had been dragged onto the city walls.

Linley and Barker were dressed in armor, pretending to be military officers doing an inspection on the southern walls. The city walls were a hotbed of activity, and the multi-kilometer long walls were packed with people. There were over a hundred thousand people on the walls of the south side of the city alone.

“So many people.” Linley and Barker stared from afar.

They looked like densely clustered locusts. The 1.6 million man army of the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows covered the land, streaming towards the prefectural city of Cod. 1.6 million people! A number that was easy to say, but when so many soldiers came charging over…

It was terrifying!

Even Linley felt a tremendous sense of pressure.

“Who knows how many people will die as a result of this battle.” Barker sighed.

Staring at the dense mass of soldiers, Linley also felt that this battle would definitely be a vicious, cruel one. But ever since human society began, wars had existed as well.

Although Linley and his men could see the forces of the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows, in reality, those soldiers were still quite a distance off.

Only, because the enemy forces were simply too massive in number, the soldiers on the wall could see them from far, far away.

“Let’s go to Watts. He is our commanding general. We can’t let anything happen to him.” Linley led Barker to the city walls of the south city. Watts was currently in an unremarkable little building in the south city.

Seeing Linley and Barker, Watts immediately bowed.

“Watts, Lord Linley and I have come to protect you.” Barker laughed.

No matter how steady Watts was normally, he grew excited now. Linley laughed. “Enough. Focus on preparing to deal with the enemy. What is your strategy for dealing with a million man army?” Linley personally felt lost.

Watts laughed. “No rush. Whatever methods they use, I’ll use the appropriate countermeasures.”

“What do you think they will do for their attack?” Barker asked.

“After they crossed the river, they weren’t in a rush to attack. Instead, they let their soldiers rest and waited for dawn. I expect…in about an hour, they will reach the city. At noon, they will begin their first wave of attacks.” Watts laughed calmly.

“The first wave shouldn’t be too strong. They will only be testing our strength. How do you plan to respond?” Barker asked.

“Magicite cannons.”

Watts replied.

“You’ll use magicite cannons immediately?” Barker frowned. The magicite cannons were their secret weapons. It should be better to use them at a critical moment. Watts said with certainty, “Lord Grand Marshall, don’t worry. Just watch and enjoy. When the time comes, you will understand.”

“You put on mysterious airs in front of me?” Barker shook his head and laughed.

Linley just sat there to one side quietly. All he had to do was hand the affairs of running this battle to these men. A long time later…Linley suddenly opened his eyes and said to Watts, “Begin to prepare. The Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows have sent their vanguard to prepare their attack.”

Watts looked at Linley in surprise.

Linley didn’t explain too much. Although he hadn’t used his spiritual energy, given Linley’s insights into the Elemental Laws of the Wind, even from kilometers away, Linley could clearly sense everything going on if he so chose.

“Milord, two legions of the enemy have begun to attack towards our gates.” A military officer suddenly ran inside.

Although the city walls were tens of kilometers long, the attacks would generally be centered around the city gates.

Watts glanced at Linley, then immediately began to issue orders. “Carry out our original plans. Prepare ten magicite cannons. Give our guests a ‘welcoming present’.” Watts chuckled, and the military officer’s eyes had a hint of excitement in them as well. “Yes, milord.”

“Come, let’s go watch.” Linley stood up.

On the city wall, Linley and Barker were staring down. They saw two legions with a large number of people charge forward. Compared to an army of 1.6 million, 40,000 soldiers wasn’t much, but when they charged over, they still felt like a human wave of attackers.

“Kill!”

The tens of thousands of soldiers below raised their shields, charging the city gates with their weapons in hand. Their angry roars sounded like the thunder. A number of soldiers were charging forward while carrying massive escalades, while in their hearts, they were nervous about being shot by the arrows of the soldiers on the wall.

But what shocked them was, no arrows were fired.

“Fire!” An angry roar.

The runes on those ten magicite cannons instantly lit up, and a terrifying amount of elemental essence began to surround them. Suddenly, those magicite cannons emitted a terrifying, ferocious roar as ten explosions of light suddenly struck against the enemy legions.

“Magicite cannons!” Terrified sounds could be heard.

One of the balls of fire landed right in the middle of a legion, and the people nearby the ball of fire were instantly turned to charcoal. When the ball of fire hit the ground, it instantly turned into a blazing ring of fire which began to expand like a ripple of water in every direction. All soldiers touched by the ring of fire began to scream in agony as they were burned alive.

Fire-style magic: Blazing Rings of Fire!

With that one blast, a hundred people died.

One of the other balls of light, a bluish-white one, fell down into the legion as well, and the soldiers in the area around it instantly were frozen solid, then shattered into tiny pieces. This bluish-white ball of light shattered explosively, transforming into millions of terrifying projectile attacks that shot in every direction. “Swish!” Many soldiers were struck by these flying shards, and countless people began to scream in misery as a result of the blast.

Water-style magic: Angry Sea of Arrow Rain!

Different types of magicite cannons would use different types of magicite gems and produce different types of attacks. But without question, this single barrage from the ten magicite cannons caused over a thousand deaths and even more injuries.

But then, the magicite cannons lit up again.

“Bang!” “Bang!” “Bang!”

Almost at the same time, the magicite cannons struck again. The enemies were either burned to death, shot to death by freezing shards, devoured by locusts, or electrocuted to death by lightning…the ten magicite cannons fired at the two legions, and to those two legions, they represented the apocalypse.

Weiss Porter and Guillermo were together.

“Milords.” A military officer saluted as he made the report. “The two legions who launched the first wave of attacks against the south gate have retreated, and the legion at the east gate has retreated as well. We discovered that at the south gate, ten magicite cannons have been emplaced, while five have been emplaced at the east gate. These magicite cannons are all large-caliber cannons at the level of magi of the eighth rank.”

Guillermo let out a cold snort. “This is what I was afraid of, that they would have magicite cannons. So they really do have them, and large-caliber ones. Who sold it to them?”

Weiss Porter laughed calmly. “That’s not the issue right now. Their possession of magicite cannons is within our predictions. However, since they only have five at the east gate, then…tomorrow, let’s do a real full-on attack.”

“A full-on attack?” Guillermo looked at Weiss Porter.

Weiss Porter nodded. “Right. We’ll pretend to be focusing on the south gate while sending a small part of our forces to attack the east gate, but the small portion attacking the east gate will be composed of our elite squads.” Weiss Porter said firmly.

“Weiss Porter, what do you intend?” Guillermo looked at him. “To focus our attacks on the east gate?”

The ratio of forces didn’t determine how powerful each force would be. If the soldiers were elite, a hundred thousand of them might be able to defeat a force of four hundred thousand ordinary soldiers.

“True is false, false is true. We’re just tricking our enemies. If a hundred thousand elite soldiers suddenly attack at once, if the east gate isn’t fully prepared, we might be able to break through at one stroke.” Weiss Porter said confidently.

Guillermo laughed. “If I was the enemy commander, when I saw your million soldiers outside the south gate while only a hundred thousand were at the east gate, I would probably focus my attention on the south gate as well.”

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81 thoughts on “Book 10, Chapter 37” - NO SPOILERS

    1. If I recall correctly, Zassler is still a 9th rank necromancer. Nothing was said about him being a saint when Barker being a saint in his human form was mentioned. Won’t he be able to summon a horde of level 9 undeads to fight for him?

          1. I kinda get the feeling that Zassler has been ignored heavily since the time skip… Oh well, maybe IET has a good role for him to play in the near future 😀

          2. Well, maybe he’s gathering some Saint level undeads.
            And well it’s not like he’s needed right now ;p

          3. Hum… have you been reading this novel? What exactly gave you the idea that the author cares about his characters? xD
            Was it Linley not thinking about Delia in over 10 years? Or was it the twins, Rebecca and Leena, who were studying necromancy while doing laundry, and now they’re not even in the background? Was it Jenne, who had almost half an arc dedicated to her, just to fade into oblivion? Or was it the last brother becoming 9th rank “when we got to the Anarchic Lands” but only being mentioned 9 chapters later? XD
            Yeah. Zassler hasn’t appeared. AT ALL. So for now, let’s go with what we DO know: before the 12 year time-skip, he said he’d need 1-2 years to become Saint. So he’s Saint.

      1. Zassler is too mysterious for his level to be casually revealed!

        Speaking of Zassler, from what I recall, the necromancy magic has one of the most stringent requirements with respect to the purity of the soul. Thus, Zassler, who has a shot at becoming a Grand Magus, should have an extremely pure soul as well. That might easily be the most mysterious thing about him. Come to think, Heidens should be very pure as well. Somehow, I feel like starting an impure chain now 😀

    1. Haha yea. Pretending to only have 15 cannons and then using all 36 when the enemy attacks (thats how i think it will go)

      Enemy commanders are gonna piss themselves when they find out. After suffering heavy losses that is XD

      Thanks, Ren! 😀

  1. I really wonder, what are these million soldiers supposed to do?
    It does not seem like they have any kind of siege weapons. So are they supposed to hack the walls/gates down or what?

    I understand if the experts can destroy or get over the wall. So they are a threat but those million soldiers are useless if they can not get into the city or up on the wall.

    I just have this mental image of millions of soldiers chargeing the walls with picks, trying to pick the wall down 😛

  2. Thanks Ren and Donators!

    “Only when one knew the opponent and knew one’s self was one capable of being ever victorious.”
    Is this that Chinese proverb that goes something like know your enemies and know yourself, a hundred battles a hundred victories. Pretty cool to see it used here.

    “Linley and Barker were dressed in armor, pretending to be military officers doing an inspect on the southern walls. ”
    Should be inspection.

    “The Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows have send their vanguard to prepare their attack.”
    “sent”, not send.

    “Milord, two legions of the enemy have begin to attack towards our gates.”
    “begun” or “began”, not begin.

        1. Sure he can but Linley IS Saint level and Saints are not supposed to join mortal fights. Even though he is 9th lvl arch magus, his speed and defence are on Saint level. So he can’t be considered 9th lvl arch magus.

          And I think no one wants to kill hundred thousand of ppl just because it is possible. And who knows how Radiant Church, Cult of Shadows and Desri would react?

          1. 100,000 people that are attacking the kingdom you put together, that houses your family and friends? Gee… I can’t imagine why he would want to kill them… And you’re right… Desri and his wife, who care greatly about their daughter wouldn’t understand Linley killing for his family AT ALL! It would just be unthinkable… If these words aren’t sarcastic enough to drip off your screen…

            They also make it sound like mage can only cast their own rank of magic a few times before running dry, so after a few casts it won’t matter if Linley is a Saint ranked warrior.

          2. Hey, there’s a treaty that was signed. Desri didn’t have to propose it, but he did. Linley didn’t have to agree, but he did. As the result, he and his family were left alone for nine years during which it wasn’t too hard for the Church to kill them one by one. It’s not like Desri would have guarded Linley 24/7, after all.
            Now that Linley’s gotten confident, he doesn’t appear to mind breaching the treaty if things get serious and not in his favor. There’s no abuse of power at all, nope.

          3. No one is attacking his friends or family, they just want the mine, otherwise there wouldn’t be any war. Linley is only defending the mine. Whole war is all about the mine.

            They would never join forces just to attack his family…

            Normal 9th arch magus can cast only one spell of his level while Linley can do it six times(because of the ring).

            And yes, Desri won’t attack Linley but he won’t help him either.

          4. Whether they are attacking for the mine doesn’t matter. What matters is that they are attacking, so in response you need to kill them. Seriously weak arguments you got there.

          5. Wow. So many people just skim-reading so many chapters.
            Okay.
            1) He’s a 9th rank magus. He’s a Saint warrior… so what? If he climbs into the wall and casts 2 level 9 spells, his being a Saint has NO impact in the battle. Now, if he wanted to charge into the middle of the enemy ranks and then cast, I’d be with you, that would be using his Saint defense/speed. But casting from afar like good magi are supposed to do? Why would you even bring his Saint defense/speed up? It’s not being used.

            2) You guys do realize that the mine is the kingdom’s greatest asset, right? And you do realize that the king would want to protect his kingdom’s greatest asset, right? Him being a warrior of the 9th rank, you do realize he COULD be in the front lines, right (even if he isn’t). I fail to see why NONE of the churches have thought that launching a full scale attack against his kingdom MIGHT result in them hurting/killing some of Linley’s friends, which would mean they broke the treaty…

  3. Thanks for the chapter, Ren and Waraich!

    Ah, Linley’s such an honest person: none of the saints on his side are engaged in this war in any capacity…

      1. But the Cult of Shadows can still make use of all their high level assassins to disrupt the enemy’s chain of command, starting from Watts, can’t they? In a battle like that it would be tantamount to victory.

      1. It’s a moot point whether Linley can defeat Desri in one on one or not, but it’s fairly clear that if the Radiant Church, the Cult of Shadows, and Desri side were to put all their saints together, it would be better for Linley to scram to the Arctic Icecap.
        Well, it’s also clear that while all of them like to talk about upholding their honor and fighting from the front, the reality is a tad different, so Desri will probably overlook whatever Linley does. Makes me like Cesar all the more, he’s at least honest to himself.

        1. Desri would not turn against Linley at all even if he went to fight with all power available to him against Radiant Church and Cult of Shadows… So Linley not doing that yet is what i meant by giving him face 🙂

          1. I agree. But looking at it another way, it means that Desri and Linley essentially tricked the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows twelve years ago. But, of course, if it’s good guys doing that to bad guys, it’s all cool, right?

          2. Wait.
            Is that a real question? So you’re saying that lying to a serial murderer in order to capture/kill him is wrong?
            Wow…

        2. It won’t let me reply to your lower comment, so I’ll tack it here. I don’t care about ‘good’ or ‘evil’. I care about interesting and likeable. Besides… The church gets all its power from sacrificing good people with pure souls. Criminals, I wouldn’t care. But the two girls Linley rescued? His mother? They need to be ground out of existence, and their ‘holy island’ needs to be salted.

          You also seem to be forgetting something. Linley didn’t attack the church, his country WAS ATTACKED. They’re the ones breaking the deal. Linley and the church both said that retaliation is fine, if the other side attacks first.

          If you really want to nitpick, then Linley can just send the three new dragons. They aren’t bound to him, or included in the original agreement, so they’re free to do whatever they want. They only promised to be Linley’s mounts

          1. It’s not the matter of good and evil, it’s the matter of objectivity. Clearly, the events are presented in a way that favors Linley, but it’s not hard at all to see them from other points of view.
            Let’s be honest: on more than one occasion, Linley’s acted like a selfish as*hole, which is actually perfectly fine with me, because that’s how we humans are. What I don’t like is people trying to find moral justification for his questionable actions. That’s just hypocrisy.

            I also have an issue with his entire vendetta thing. I don’t know if it’s cultural, or IET’s personal fetish, but instead of depicting vengeance as pointless and destructive, it is praised and supported by the plot. Yes, because of the practices of the Radiant Church, Linley’s parents ended up dead. So, he already killed thousands in order to get back at them, and is planning to kill thousands more, then destroy the Church itself, which would destabilize situation across vast regions, likely causing death of millions. Then what, should all those orphans seek revenge on Linley? I guess IET could write several sequels about that too.

            Another disturbing aspect is to what extent was Linley possessed by his lust for vengeance. He didn’t care about what happens to him, he didn’t care about what happens to others, and the only reason he didn’t die and didn’t get mentally broken is the plot armor. I still remember how after Doehring’s he completely rejected any positive thoughts and ambitions, no longer caring even about his beloved brother, but the moment the idea of taking revenge on the Church was brought up, he immediately came back to life and it was presented as a joyous conclusion. Sick. Even when saving Zassler and the sisters, it was about inflicting damage on the Church first and foremost, any good things to come were mere side effects, which turned into something greater mainly by the virtue of plot power.

            Lastly, in this war both the Radiant Church and the Cult of Shadows are sticking to the last letter of the treaty. They use regular armies to engage regular armies, and don’t have a single saint involved in any way. It’s Linley who’s actively cheating and pondering breaking the treaty if his armies are defeated. Why? Because the treaty no longer benefits him, and he knows he can now get away with whatever he does. Is it human? Yes. Is it honorable? No.

          2. I actually agree with you, Dariel. IET’s worlds are always ‘dog eat dog’ worlds. The protagonists are generally not ‘knights in shining armor’.

          3. You know the fun thing, Dariel? I agree with you that Linley was a complete a-hole in the book-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. Having a female servant whipped for not following a rule that he HAD NOT imposed yet? Killing thousands of “innocent” soldiers in his attempt to kill the king (the first time)?
            Also, not too long ago, when he went to kill prince Julin. Doing an omnidirectional attack that launched everyone, soldiers AND FEMALE SERVANTS against the walls, killing 2 soldiers and severely injuring multiple PEOPLE.
            He was a major a-hole.

            But here? Here I see 2 churches that sacrifice people for sport, uniting to attack Linley’s kingdom and, in doing so, potentially kill hundreds of thousands of his subjects, not to mention quite possibly friends and family (the king himself might be fighting in the frontlines, Wharton being a 9th ranked soldier; and 3 (or 4) of the brothers are still 9th ranked), all of which would mean the church broke the treaty.
            And you think Linley is an a-hole for bending the rules a bit? XD
            Quite literally THE ONLY he has to do is put Wharton in the middle of the fight so an enemy soldier punches him once, and the church already broke the treaty: he can go full Saint against them, with Desri theoretically backing him up.

  4. Thank you very much Ren for the speedy releases and Waraich for sponsoring this chapter!
    Phew, i was gone for nearly a month, and when i got back here i missed out a bunch of chapters, maybe even a hundred of them++! Just finished reading it all today, this is such a bliss!

    1. I’m so jealous of you. I wish I could get a hundred chapters to read all at once, just like when I started reading for the first time. I think I read four volumes back then.

      1. When I started, we were halfway through book 6, lol. I had bunches to read. Pity book 1 was so slow, but when it got to Ernst Academy i really started liking it 🙂

  5. These battles are quite silly.
    Who needs siege weapons when you can command three 100 meter long dragons and a 3 story high Panther.

    Even if Linley’s forces fail to protect Cod, there’s just no way he would honor the treaty and give up control over the HYPERBOLIC TIME CHAMBER.. Something deities would fight over.

    1. the probleme is if he did that it would soon become m3 vs 1 all forces destroying linley and his family. for his family he just might give the door up.

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